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Brewers hire Darnell Coles as hitting coach
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Brewers announced Thursday they hired Darnell Coles to be the new hitting coach. Coles was an assistant hitting coach with the Tigers in 2014.

Coles played 14 season in the majors (1983-1995, 1997). He played for the Mariners, Tigers, Pirates, Blue Jays, Rockies, Giants, Cardinals and Reds. Coles had a career .245 average, .307 on-base percentage, .382 slugging percentage and .689 OPS.

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Rockies not bringing back pitching, bullpen coaches
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Rockies announced Thursday pitching coach Jim Wright and bullpen coach Bo McLaughlin will not return in 2015. The Rockies will conduct a search to replace both coaches.

The Rockies had the worst ERA (4.86) in baseball and gave up a league-worst 5.05 runs per game. The Rockies also had the worst save percentage (48) in the majors.

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Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum (back) headed for MRI
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, who left Game 2 of the World Series due to back tightness, will undergo an MRI Thursday, sources connected to the team told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

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Twins' Chris Colabello set for MRI, X-rays on injured thumb
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Twins first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello is scheduled to undergo an MRI and X-rays this week on his ailing right thumb, according to the Pioneer Press. Colabello said he still feels numbness and tingling in his right thumb as a result of getting jammed on a pitch during an April 23 game against the Rays, according to the Worcester Telegram.

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Braves name John Hart president of baseball operations
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Braves announced Thursday former Indians and Rangers general manager John Hart has been named president of baseball operations. He has agreed to a three-year contract that runs through the 2017 season.

"I'm delighted that John Hart has agreed to accept the position of president, baseball operations," president John Schuerholz said, per the team's official website. "Our organization is now poised to move forward in the best possible manner to do the important work that lies ahead. John's credentials speak for themselves. He has had great success as a baseball executive and demonstrated remarkable ability to construct championship teams. We are excited by John's dynamic and positive leadership style and look forward to him leading our baseball operations."

Schuerholz named Hart the interim general manager when he dismissed Frank Wren in late September. Schuerholz had hoped Hart would assume the role on a full-time basis before accepting the president of baseball operations role.

The Braves will go without one person holding the title of general manager. However, Hart and assistant general manager John Coppolella will share the general manager responsibilities.

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Indians expected to pick up Mike Aviles' option
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Indians are expected to pick up Mike Aviles' option for next season, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. 

The team has until shortly after the World Series to decide whether to pick up a $3.5 million club option on Aviles. It's expected the club will exercise that option. Aviles hit .247/.273/.343 over 344 at-bats. 

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Tigers expected to keep Joakim Soria
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Tigers are expected to exercise their option on pitcher Joakim Soria, according to MLB.com.

Soria has a $7 million club option for next season. The team will need to make a decision on the option shortly after the end of the World Series. While general manager Dave Dombrowski said the final decision hasn't been made yet, he hinted at the club picking up Soria's contract. "It's a situation where we look at him as being an important acquisition toward this [coming] year also," Soria said. 

Soria posted a 3.25 ERA over 44 1/3 innings split between Texas and Detroit. 

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Giants will know more about Tim Lincecum Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Giants will have more information on pitcher Tim Lincecum Thursday, according to Bleacher Report.

Lincecum left after his back tightened up in the eighth inning. The club expects him to be OK, but will have a better idea about the severity of his injury Thursday. Lincecum was able to pitch 1 2/3 innings before departing. 

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Royals' Lorenzo Cain won't stop hitting
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain continued to assault baseballs Wednesday against the Giants.

Cain has been on a tear during the postseason, and that didn't stop Wednesday. After doubling in his first at-bat, Cain would come around to score the team's first run of the night. He would later single to lead off the sixth inning, and would come around to score again later in the frame. Cain finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and no RBI. 

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Royals' Omar Infante comes up big Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Royals infielder Omar Infante came up big Wednesday against the Giants.

Infante wasted no time getting to work, doubling in his first at-bat. He would come around to score during the frame, giving the Royals a 2-1 lead. Infante would strike again in the bottom of the sixth. With a man on base, Infante belted a 98 mph fastball out to left for the two-run shot. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. 

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